Francis L. Haley Pennsylvania State Police
Biographical Info Age:
25 Years of Service:
Cause of Death: Gunshot Date of Incident: October 14, 1924
Francis L. Haley was born July 23, 1899, at
He enlisted with the Constabulary on May 1, 1924, and was assigned to Troop E, Harrisburg.
October 14, 1924, near the Graffenburg Inn, Adams County, Haley was shot and killed as he
attempted to take Philip A. Hartman, a suspect in the Abbottstown State Bank holdup, into
custody. He died at the scene.
Hartman was tried and found guilty of murder. He was sentenced
to die in the electric chair. The sentence was carried out November 30, 1925, 13˝ months
after Haley's murder. Hartman was the 155th person to die in the Pennsylvania electric chair.
This form of execution replaced hanging in 1915.
Haley was buried in the St. Patrick's Church Cemetery, Pottsville. He was survived by his
mother, Mrs. Ellen J. Haley, of Pottsville.
Haley, 25, had completed five months of
In 1926, 2 years after the death of Private Haley, a
silent movie was produced re-enacting the incident and
the arrest of Philip Hartman.